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Anatomy of a Melody—Beethoven, Brahms and Schoenfield
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, AZ, 85251
In a musical conversation stretching across three centuries, a tune from Viennese operetta surfaces in a Beethoven piano trio and yet again in a newly penned piece by American composer Paul Schoenfield. Both will be heard at the Close Encounters With Music performance on Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 PM at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Beethoven’s Trio in B-Flat Major spins out variations on a theme from Joseph Weigl’s popular 1797 “L’amor marinaro,” and sets the stage for the newly commissioned piece by Schoenfield, Shaatnez, which incorporates the same theme. Ending the program, the heavenly Brahms Piano Quartet Opus 26 is as close to symphonic scale as you get in chamber music. With its drama and gypsy vigor, it delivers an enthralling range of emotions. Featuring violinist Miriam Fried, violist Paul Biss, pianist Renana Gutman, and cellist Yehuda Hanani, the evening provides enduring classics with a contemporary twist.